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Beastie Boy

Nagini. Lestrange. Dumbledore. Harry Potter fans know the names, but EW lifts the lid on where to find them in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Crindelwald (out Nov. 16).
Newt Scamander on the case: Eddie Redmayne takes aim in his London workshop, which houses a refuge for injured magical creatures

NOBODY EXPECTED JOHNNY DEPP TO SEND THOSE PHOTOS, though in retrospect they probably should have.

Director David Yates was finishing filming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them when the images arrived in his email. Depp had yet to shoot his climactic scene: Magizoologist hero Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) reveals that the fugitive dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald has been hiding in plain sight the entire film, disguised as dapper auror Percival Graves (played by Colin Farrell). The Farrell-to-Depp switcheroo was to be the film’s biggest shock when it came out in theaters, but first it was the director’s turn to be surprised.

Much like Depp had done when crafting his takes on Willy Wonka and Capt. Jack Sparrow, the actor huddled together with a makeup team to design his own creative look for J.K. Rowling’s villain. “I had an image in my head of the guy,” explains Depp, who felt emboldened in his creative choices by a Skype chat with Rowling about the role. “She said, ‘I can’t wait to see what you do with him.’ It was beautifully left as this open gift.”

Defense Against the Dark Arts: At Hogwarts, Professor Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) finds himself under surveillance and relying on Newt to take on Grindelwald

So Depp sent photos of

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